Television Q&A

Netflix’s ‘House of Cards’ set to return

 

Akron Beacon Journal

Q. Is there a second season of House of Cards in the works? Can the show be seen anywhere besides Netflix?

There will be a second season of the drama starring Kevin Spacey as a ruthless politician, based on a British TV series. The idea behind the show was to draw viewers to Netflix, and I have not seen any news about it airing on broadcast or cable. Amazon.com does offer the first 13 episodes as streaming video and is taking orders for a DVD and Blu-ray, although without a stated release date. If you are longing for something comparable, the British House of Cards Trilogy is on DVD.

Q. I’m hooked on the ABC new show Zero Hour. It has disappeared from the schedule and I can’t find any mention of when it will be aired again.

ABC pulled the thriller starring Anthony Edwards after three telecasts. The first episode, Deadline.com reported, “marked the lowest-rated in-season debut for a scripted show ever on the network.” The numbers dropped even further for the next two telecasts, and ABC dumped the show. You may get to see the remaining episodes at some point, but no one will be adding to Zero after that.

Q. I’m happy that All My Children and One Life to Live are coming back, but it’s hard for me to get excited because I don’t have a computer and they are going to be shown on the Internet. Is there any possibility that for old-school folks such as myself, Lifetime or SOAPnet might pick them up?

At this writing, the soaps are set to start their new online lives on April 29. The only carriers announced so far are Hulu, Hulu Plus and iTunes, all online services. I have seen no news about a cable or broadcast window. The people behind the soaps clearly want to see if the online model will be successful.

Q. I really enjoy the program Death in Paradise, and would like to know where it is filmed.

The BBC mystery series uses real-life Guadeloupe for its fictional island of Saint-Marie. In a look at the show’s location, RadioTimes.com said, “Guadeloupe is shockingly vivid. Everywhere you look there are bright primary colours — deep blues, greens, yellows, reds — all year round.” And Ben Miller, the star of the show, said you could not match that kind of look in an English TV studio.

‘Vegas’ update

A couple of weeks ago, I reported that Vegas would return March 12 after the new CBS drama Golden Boy had a tryout in the Dennis Quaid series’ time slot. After looking at the Golden ratings, CBS changed its plans. Golden Boy remains on Tuesdays through its season finale on May 14. Vegas will move to Fridays effective April 5, remaining there until its season finale on May 10.

Send questions to TV Mailbag, Akron Beacon Journal, 44 E. Exchange St., Akron, OH 44309 or rheldenfels@thebeaconjournal.com. Replies cannot be guaranteed.

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